Oregon State junior Isaiah Hodgins

Oregon State junior Isaiah Hodgins has 1,086 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

CORVALLIS — Isaiah Hodgins has until Jan. 20 to decide whether he’ll return to Oregon State for his senior year or declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

But the junior receiver says he doesn’t plan to take that long to make a decision.

“The sooner I decide whether I stay or leave is probably better for the fans, player and coaches,” Hodgins said Tuesday.

Hodgins, who has 1,086 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns this season, is among Oregon State’s top 10 in several career receiving categories. Hodgins is No. 2 in touchdowns (20), sixth in 100-yard games (8) and seventh in receiving yards (2,237).

Hodgins says he has briefly thought about his future in recent months, but not in great detail.

“I don’t want to focus too much on it,” Hodgins said. “I owe it to my team a little more than that to be too focused on that. Soon as the season ends, I’ll do more thinking.”

For Hodgins, the process will be detailed. He plans to meet with his family, which includes his father, James, who played in the NFL for eight seasons. Hodgins then will turn to OSU coach Jonathan Smith and receivers coach Kefense Hynson to hear their thoughts.

“Really try to take in every factor, see what everyone is saying, and see what is the best option for me,” Hodgins said. “It’s one where I’m going to have multiple people helping me out to see what’s best for me.”

If Oregon State beats Oregon and ends up in a bowl game, it could delay Hodgins’ decision. Hodgins says he’ll probably talk to family and coaches about his future during the run up to the bowl, but likely would put off an announcement until after the game.

— The Oregonian

Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

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